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January 25th, 2012
NORTH LITTLE ROCK â€“ The North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats were not very gracious hosts as they defeated the Bryant Lady Hornets 54-15 in dominating fashion in 7A/6A Central conference action on Tuesday night in North Little Rock.
The Lady Hornetsâ€™ stat line was all one had to look at to see why they could not get anything going against the Lady Wildcats. Bryant shot seven percent (3 of 42) for the game from the field, 9 of 20 from the free-throw line and committed 18 turnovers, to North Little Rockâ€™s six.
The Bauxite Lady Miners faced a tall task traveling to Little Rock on Tuesday to face the Pulaski Academy Lady Bruins, which are ranked No. 2 in Class 4A. The Lady Miners were down by 17 points at one point, but got within three points in the fourth quarter, losing 53-45 in 7-4A conference action.
â€śGreat effort, great heart, and [we] played hard â€“ not quite big enough,â€ť Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said of the Lady Minersâ€™ size compared to PA.
The Bryant Lady Hornets withstood the Conway Lady Wampus Catsâ€™ pressure and picked up a 68-60 conference win on the road on Tuesday night at Buzz Bolding Arena in Conway.
â€śAny time you go on the road in this conference and get a win, [itâ€™s a good thing],â€ť Bryant Coach Brad Matthews said. â€śIt was a tremendous win by our team. It was a tremendous victory tonight for our kids.â€ť
Bryant received two double-double performances from its post players as sophomore Taneasha Rhode scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and junior Courtney Davidson scored 15 points and recorded 10 rebounds.
Sports rivalries in Saline County have been apart of the counties history for many years. From Benton and Bryant to Bauxite and Glen Rose, Rivalries run deep in the blood of Central Arkansas sports.
The Bryant Lady Hornets improved to 2-0 in 7A Central conference play when they defeated the Van Buren Lady Pointers 49-46 on Tuesday in Van Buren.
Up 47-46 with 10 seconds left, Bryantâ€™s Kiara Moore hit two free throws to seal the game.
â€śMy kids played really well,â€ť Bryant Coach Brad Matthews said. â€śThe Democrat [Gazette] ranked Van Buren second in class 6A. Any time you win on the road, itâ€™s a good win.â€ť
Harmony Grove continued their quest to another conference title on Tuesday when they played host to Cutter Morning Star. Unfortunately, only one team was to show up against the Eagles.
The Lady Cardinals started the night for Harmony Grove and on a very high note, especially for their confidence, beating the Lady Eagles 45-32 to get to 2-4 in conference play.
The Lady Cardinals opened the first quarter with a 16-4 run heading into the second, thanks big in part to their senior leadership who had 10 of the first quarter points for the Lady Cardinals.
The Bauxite Lady Miners held the Pulaski Robinson Lady Senators to six points in the second half in defeating them 48-24 in 7-4A conference action on Tuesday at Fred Dawson Gym in Bauxite.
â€śDefensively, I didnâ€™t think we played bad,â€ť Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. â€śWe were out of position a few times, especially in the press. I thought we did a pretty decent job of scrambling and hustling defensively. Out of the press, we had some people out of position and a few people not rotating quick enough. They got a few deep passes and some easy shots there early.â€ť
Oops. That's what I have to say to those NBA players who signed contracts with the Chinese Basketball Association when the NBA Lockout was in full effect. The lockout ended on Christmas Day and the NBA is going on with a shortened season, but the Chinese season doesn't end until March, so what are the former NBA players doing that signed contracts with the Chinese teams doing? Staying in China, despite some players' efforts to renege on their contracts.
The Bauxite Miners led by 11 in the first quarter against the Malvern Leopards, but lost 67-51 on Thursday night in 7-4A conference action in Malvern.
The Miners (9-6, 2-2 7-4A) led 17-6 early in the first quarter with the help of two Hunter Holder 3-pointers and took a 21-13 advantage going into the second quarter with help from senior Cody McPhersonâ€™s nine first-quarter points. Bauxite was up 21-10, but Malvern hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
For most schools throughout the state, the Christmas and New Yearâ€™s holidays mean time off from homework, class and sports for athletes. But, not for the Harmony Grove senior high basketball teams. Both teams got back to work on Tuesday night, one day before even returning to school full time. The Lady Cardinals kicked the night off with a 3A conference match up against Episcopal. And what a Happy New Year it was for the Lady Cardinals, as they beat the Lady Wildcats 47-24.